National News Media Cite Adam Winkler on Issues of Gun Violence and Power of NRA

Professor Adam Winkler, a leading constitutional scholar and the country’s foremost legal expert on gun rights and gun policy issues, spoke to numerous national news outlets after the latest mass shooting on February 14, 2018 at a Parkland, Florida high school left 17 people dead and 15 wounded and sparked a nationwide debate on gun related issues.   

The Los Angeles Times and other leading news outlets cited Professor Winkler on the U.S. Supreme Court’s refusal to hear a 2nd Amendment challenge to California’s 10-day waiting period for new gun purchases.  "There are simply not four justices who are eager to jump back into this fray," said Winkler, noting that it takes the votes of at least four justices to grant review of a case. Winkler also commented on CNN about Justice Anthony Kennedy, saying that one of the great mysteries is how Kennedy would rule on any future 2nd Amendment cases.   

National Public Radio’s All Things Considered featured Professor Winkler in two separate segments:  One interview focused on why there have been so few new federal laws after previous school shootings, for which Winkler outlined the federal government’s legislative response after Columbine, Sandy Hook Elementary and other mass shootings.  Another interview looked at various proposals to regulate access to guns – and what impact those policies could have on preventing mass shootings.    

Addressing the power of the National Rifle Association, Winkler was quoted in USA Today, KNBC, Yahoo News and other outlets on how big spending by the NRA has paid off for the organization, gaining it clout and winning it favor in Washington.  "Politicians don't listen to the NRA simply because they spend money, they listen to the NRA because the NRA's money is effectively spent swaying voters," said Winkler. 

“Special Report with Bret Baier” on Fox News featured Professor Winkler in a segment on efforts by states to pass tougher gun control laws in the absence of legislation at the federal level.  “Federal laws provide a certain baseline that every state has to respect. But then above that states are free to vary how they regulate guns and we have wide diversity in the United States—some states that regulate them more lightly and others regulate them much more strictly.”

The San Francisco Chronicle spoke to Professor Winkler about the effects that gun violence in schools has had on students, while the Huffington Post interviewed him for a discussion on gun laws and the possibility of reform. Expressing pessimism, Winkler said lobbyists from the NRA and other groups have a stranglehold on the gun debate:  “The NRA is not interested in new gun control laws.”